Lakshadweep


Lakshadweep is the smallest union territory of India. India is a group of coral islands of unparalleled beauty known as Lakshadweep . "Lakshadweep" which means 'A Hundred Thousand Islands' is an archipelago consisting of 36 islands, 12 atolls, 3 reefs and 5 submerged banks in the Arabian Sea . These emerald islands, rich in greenery and fringed by silvery beaches overwhelm you with their natural beauty. Visitors to these islands take back an unforgettable experience of enjoying nature in all her splendor.

The first westerner on the islands was Vasco da Gama but the British were the first to explore the islands. The Portuguese established a fort on the islands in May 1498, but the inhabitants soon rose up and expelled them. The Amindivi group of islands came under the rule of Tipu Sultan in 1787. They passed on to British control after the Third Anglo-Mysore War and were attached to the South Canara district. The rest of the islands became a suzerainty of the Chirakkal family of Cannanore in return for a payment of annual tribute.

The tall green coconut palms which grow abundantly in the islands transform the archipelago into a tropical paradise. Pitti Island where most of these birds nest has been declared a bird sanctuary.

The placid waters of the lagoons are home for an exotic and kaleidoscopic underwater marine life. Colorful Butterfly fish, Parrot fish, Surgeon fish dazzle viewers with a play of colors and underwater antics. Damselfish, Porcupine fish, Puffer fish, Sea anemones, and different types of eels are some of the other varieties of fish which abound in the lagoons. Out in the open sea Dolphins, Turtles, Tuna, Rays and Flying fish can be sighted.

The warm, clear, deep waters of the Indian Ocean with its myriad marine flora and fauna are an irresistible invitation to the scuba diving fraternity of the world. The exquisite coral formations including the black coral formations, the large variety and number of coral fish-the angel, the clown, the butterfly, the surgeon, the groupers, not to mention the abundance of the awesome, but harmless sharks, mantarays, sting rays, moray eels and turtles, make diving an addictive experience, enough to make impressive any diver's logbook with the stamp of the Diving School at Bangaram.

How To Reach Lakshadweep

By Air - Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Onward flights from Cochin are available to most of the airports in India and to selected foreign destinations. Agatti is the only airport in Lakshadweep.

By Ship - Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation- A/C Deluxe Class with two berth cabins, A/C First Class with four berth cabins and Tourist Class with A/C seating. The ships have cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows and upper-deck promenade etc.

What to See
Agatti Bangaram Kadmat Kalpeni Kavaratti Minicoy
Agatti

Agatti Island is the only island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep that has an airstrip. It is connected to Cochin airport on the mainland. Other islands are linked by a helicopter or boat service.

Agatti has one of the most beautiful lagoons in Lakshadweep . The airport is built on this island. From the aircraft, as guest can approach for a landing, one can get a breath-taking view of the airstrip on the island. Agatti is the virtual gateway to the islands. Agatti and its satellite islands of Bangaram, Thinnakara and Parali presents a breathtaking spectacle of sparkling coral reefs, turquoise blue lagoons, silvery beaches and lush green coconut palms that sway to the rhythm of the sea. The sea around the island offers excellent scope for water sports and fishing. Coral growths and multi colored coral fishes are abound in its lagoons.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - The Agatti Island is well connected with the mainland. Indian Airlines operates its flight to Agatti Island 4 Days in a Week (Flight Schedule: Mon; Tue; Thu and Sat. only).

By Ship - Agatti is located 459 kms. from Cochin , the South West coast of India . It is 6 kms. long and 1000 meters wide at the broadest point.

Kochi / Agatti direct or Kochi / Kavarati / Kadmath / Amini. (From Kavarti / Kadmath / Amini by boat.

WHEN TO GO

Best time to visit Agatti is October to May. Generally cool and pleasant.

WHERE TO EAT

Well designed 'THAKKARAM' Restaurant serves various Indian, Continental, Chinese and Lakshadweep cuisine, buffet, bar-be-que dinner on the beach and coffee shop with terrace, laundry service.

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BANGARAM

Bangaram is a tiny teardrop shaped island which lies very close to Agatti and Kavaratti. Two small islands of Thinnakara and Parali also lie close to Bangaram enclosed by the same lagoon.

During the night phosphorescent plankton washed ashore on the coral sands impart a bluish glow to the beach which is totally enchanting. Bangaram has carved its presence in the international tourist map. There is something indescribably romantic about the very notion of an uninhabited island and Bangaram justifies that feeling.

Bangaram is encircled by a continuous halo of creamy sand. Like all the other islands of Lakshadweep luxuriant plantations of coconut provide coolness even during the hottest part of the day.

Bangaram island is the more unhurried can simply laze on the silver beaches, soak in the sun, listen to the sound of the waves and watch the swaying of the palms. The island feels like it was designed specifically for languid strolls to watch the beach dances of hermit crabs and listen to the raucous music of the seabirds.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Onward flights from Cochin are available to most of the airports in India and to selected foreign destinations.

By Ship - Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation. The ships have cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows and upper-deck promenade etc.

WHEN TO GO

Best time to visit Bangaram is October To May.

WHAT TO SEE

Under water world - The underwater world at bangaram is still in a very good condition. Most of the time there are only small groups of divers which go together to a dive site. There are so many things to see like wonderful coral blocks as well as the various fish everywhere.

On the reef walls which go down some hundred of meters - one can have the chance to see big sharks. If you are not lucky to see one there you can be sure to find white-tip reef sharks or nurse sharks at the other dive sites. From the most colorful coral fish over moray eels, turtles, barracudas to napoleons you see anything under water. Not to forget the stingrays and the eagle rays as well as the trips to the old wrecks.

WHERE TO EAT

The chef will cook any fish guest catch during the day; otherwise they're looking at how-do-they-do-it delicate curries.

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KADMAT

Kadmat is 8 km long and only 550 metres wide at its broadest point. In addition to the beautiful shallow lagoon on the west which is ideal for water sports, there is a narrow lagoon on the east. Kadmat has emerged as one of the most beautiful dive centers in India.

Kadmat people were not allowed to build their own sailing vessels and had to ship their own sailing vessels and had to ship their produce in the Amini vessels. The main occupation of the people of Kadmat is coir twisting. The island is known for its lime stones used for building purposes.

The main attractions of Kadmat Island are the long sandy beaches and sand banks on the southern tip for sun bathing. Tourist huts built amidst palm groves facing the lagoon allow you to soak in the pristine beauty of the coral ecosystem. Kayaks, sailing boats, pedal boats, skiing boats and glass-bottomed boats are available on hire. A Water Sports Institute functions on the island.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Onward flights from Cochin are available to most of the airports in India and to selected foreign destinations.

By Ship - Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation. The ships have cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows and upper-deck promenade etc.

WHEN TO GO

Best time to visit Kadmat is November To March.

WHERE TO EAT

There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels

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KALPENI

Kalpeni is an island in the Union Territory of Lakshadweep. It is located 63 km south of Andrott is the most southeasterly of the Cannanore Islands . It consists of an elongated atoll formation with two main islands on its eastern side. The southern island of Kalpeni is the larger island at 2.28 km². Cheriyam Island in the north is narrow. A number of small islets are located on the lagoon side of Kalpeni. Its lagoon is the largest to be found in the archipelago. Kalpeni has three uninhabited, satellite islands, all surrounded by an immense lagoon of spectacular beauty. Sunlight on the water causes it to sparkle and flash like a million aquamarines.

Kalpeni is known for its scenic beauty and the small islets called Tilakkam & Pitti and an uninhabited island on the north called Cheriyam. A huge shallow lagoon encloses all of them. A peculiar feature of Kalpeni atoll is the huge storm bank of coral debris along the eastern and south-eastern shorelines.

Banyan factory and the light house is the most famous tourist destination of kalpeni. Here at kalpeni guest can enjoy swim, reef-walk or water-sport on kayaks, sail boats & pedal boats. Water sports crafts are given on hire basis as well. Kalpeni is part of Coral Reef and Coconut Grove Packages.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Onward flights from Cochin are available to most of the airports in India and to selected foreign destinations.

By Ship - Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation. The ships have cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows and upper-deck promenade etc.

WHEN TO GO

Best time to visit kalpeni is May To September.

WHAT TO SEE

Light House - Light house is mainly used for navigation purpose. Its Shape is like Cylindrical concrete tower with black and white bands. This light is operational throughout the year. Light house comprises three white flashes every 20 seconds having ranges of 18 nautical miles.

WHERE TO EAT

There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels

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Kavaratti

Kavaratti is located in the Arabian Sea, approximately 400 kms from the west of the coast of Kerala . It is the administrative capital of the smallest union territory Lakshadweep . Kavaratti is the most developed and inhabited of 36 islands that are present in the Lakshadweep . Nestled amidst two islands of Agatti and Andrott the island is about 6 kms in length and 1 km in breadth. This island houses more than 52 aesthetically designed and developed mosques. The most famous mosque of all of these is the Ujira mosque with its exotic carvings in wood.

Kavaratti is famous for providing one of the most famous water sports facilities in India . Various facilities available in Kavaratti are swimming, kayaking, water-skiing, snorkeling and sailing, Sandy Beaches, Marine Aquarium, Dolphin Drive Centre, Paddle Boats, Inflatable Motor Boat Rides, Glass Bottom Boats for Watching Marine Life, Water Skiing.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Onward flights from Cochin are available to most of the airports in India and to selected foreign destinations. Helicopter transfer is available to Kavaratti through out the year.

By Ship - Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation. The ships have cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows and upper-deck promenade etc.

WHEN TO GO

Best time to visit kavaratti is November to April.

WHAT TO SEE

Water Sports :- It is the jewel in the crown of the island attracting tourists from all over the world. Water sports facilities like Kayaking, sailing, paddle boats, inflatable motor boats, glass bottom boats and water skiing are available in the islands of Kavaratti.

The vast expanses of the shallow lagoons provide an ideal setting for water sports enthusiasts. Kavaratti have facilities for scuba diving. Deep-sea fishing buffs can pursue big game fishing. Barracuda, Sail Fish, Yellow Fin Tuna, Travelly and Wahoo are abundant in the seas around Kavaratti Island . Local boats with experienced crew can be hired. Kayaks, canoes, surf modules, snorkels and other water sports are also available in kavaratti.

WHERE TO EAT

There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels

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MINICOY

Minicoy Island or Maliku is the only inhabited island of Maliku Atoll . It is the second largest and the southern-most among the islands of the Lakshadweep archipelago.

The island is administered by India under the Indian Union Territory of Lakshadweep. On the southern side of the island lies the uninhabited islet of Viringili. The nearest island is Thuraakunu in the Republic of Maldives.

Minicoy has a culture very different from that of any other island in Lakshadweep . Dress, language, and food are similar to what obtains in the Maldive islands to the south of Minicoy. Mahl is the language spoken on the island. The language employs the unique Thaana script, written from right to left.

HOW TO REACH

By Air - Cochin International Airport links Lakshadweep with the mainland. Onward flights from Cochin are available to most of the airports in India and to selected foreign destinations.

By Ship - Four passenger ships- MV Tippu Sultan, MV Bharat Seema, MV Amindivi and MV Minicoy operate between Cochin and Lakshadweep. The passage takes between 14 to 20 hours. The ships offer different classes of accommodation. The ships have cafeteria and snack bars, entertainment lounge, video shows and upper-deck promenade etc.

WHEN TO GO

Best time to visit Minicoy is October to May.

WHERE TO EAT

There are few good restaurants in the city and you can also try the restaurants at the luxury hotels

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